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Box Score

HINSDALE, Ill. - St. Charles East set a new single-game tournament record by connecting on 11 three-pointers in a 62-50 win over Urban Prep Englewood in the consolation round of the 2016 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.

St. Charles East (9-3) came out firing, hitting four three-pointers in the game's first five minutes to build a quick 14-3 lead. Urban Prep closed to within three points midway through the second quarter following a bucket from Jayden Gasby, but the Saints used a 9-1 run to push their lead back to 11. The Saints carried a 31-23 lead into the locker room at the half.

Trailing by 10 a minute into the third quarter, Urban Prep (7-4) ripped off a 13-3 run to pull even at 39-39 with three minutes left in the third. A bucket by Gasby with 1:03 remaining gave Urban Prep their first lead of the contest, but Zach Mitchell knocked down a trey to give St. Charles East a 47-45 lead after three quarters. St. Charles started the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to push their lead back up to 11 points. Urban Prep cut the deficit down to six with three minutes to play, but the Saints scored the game's final six points to earn the 12-point victory.

St. Charles East shot 48.8 percent (21-of-43) from the floor and an even 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from beyond the arc. Justin Hardy led the charge for the Saints with a game-high 23 points. He shot 9-of-14 from the field and added eight rebounds in the win. Nate Ortiz added 18 points and eight boards while Zach Robinson came off the bench to score nine.

Urban Prep (7-4) shot 35.8 percent from the field (19-of-53), including 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from beyond the arc. Gasby led the way in the loss, finishing with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Fred Cleveland II added 15 points while Jehru Towels scored seven.

St. Charles East will face the winner of the Maine South/Glenbrook North game in Thursday's consolation semifinal at 12:30 p.m. Urban Prep will take on the loser of the Maine South/Glenbrook North contest in a consolation game on Thursday (December 29) at 9:30 a.m.

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